Zimbabwe’s mainline churches have urged citizens to have confidence in vaccines, saying being vaccinated will help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference secretary-general, Father Frederick Chiromba, called upon the government to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all people. He said:
The church recommends vaccines for all for a fairer and healthier world. Covid-19 vaccines must be made available and accessible to all. The church is at the service of healing the world.
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There is a lot being discussed about vaccination. In the final analysis, it is better to be vaccinated than not against the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a lot being discussed about vaccination. In the final analysis it is better to be vaccinated than not against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) Rev Kenneth Mtata said front line workers such as nurses and doctors should be prioritised in the vaccination roll-out programme. He said:
We have enough vaccines to drive herd immunity. We support the vaccine with the revamping of the health system.
On Monday Zimbabwe received a donation of 200 000 Sinopharm doses from the Chinese government and 600 000 more are expected in the country within the next three weeks.
The country is also set to get more doses from China, Russia, United Kingdom, India and others through purchase and donations.